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Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 01, 2012, 06:07:50 PM »
I'd have to think that it's worth it.  That is still a very, very good lens if in excellent condition.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 06:03:20 PM »
Thank you very much guys.  Yes I can also post some photos.  I am really not an event photographer; that is something I've just recently gotten into.  Heck even weddings were more controlled than an outdoor balloon festival all day.  I like your suggestions a lot  I will read through your post many times.  Fill flash is a good option, but limited where I was.  Outdoor still shots/controlled shots, sure, but this was rapid movement rapid fire from 12-2pm mostly!  Ouch!  Again, thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FF advise (mainly stills)
« on: July 01, 2012, 04:43:41 PM »
5D Mark II is a great choice over the 5D for ISO performance.  Whether you need it or not, the 21 mp's will help you over the 5D.  Since the 5D was released in 2005/early 2006, you'd have to be careful of shutter count because it's not as durable as the 1D or 1Ds lines.  Actually, the 1Ds Mark II has higher IQ than the 5D and better ISO performance than the 5D, especially over 1600. 

Doubting the 5D Mark III price is going to drop soon, I'd probably go with a new 5D Mark II, if I were you.  Or get a refurbished one.  It's a great camera and it'll last you 4 years.  That's just what I would do.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT and 5D Mark III trouble
« on: July 01, 2012, 03:59:35 PM »
Well I set up for radio transmission with two 600EX-RT's and put one on camera as master, and one off camera as slave.  I am firing in automatic ETTL mode.  I set them up, they are linked, same channel and frequency, but the master unit will not fire, only the slave unit fires.  In fact, I cannot even set the master unit to fire, because the ON or OFF button just doesn't work.  Where that icon goes in the LCD screen, right next to it is an exclamation point.  Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong?  I've read and reread the manual and followed all the steps and it's not working. Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX new all-time low-light king?
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:24:22 PM »
Sure thing Brian. TBH, I'm thinking of pulling someone in from Model Mayhem and doing comparison shots between the 5d2, 5d3, 1ds3 and h3dII-39.

If it's one thing that annoys me it's the lack of shots with people in. It's what these cameras are geared up to shoot in the mainstream. I intend to do some nice big ass portrait shots like on my site

I too would like to see that comparison.  Since I have two 5D Mark III's I would be especially interested.  Also maybe down the road there will be a good 1D X vs. 1D Mark IV comparions, seperate from this comparison (different needs test) for sports shots. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:21:48 PM »
Does anybody here ever have to shoot events during the day, such as between 10am and 3pm?  I did yesterday and due to the sun, I missed so many potentially great shots, taken otherwise in proper lighting (morning or evening).  Does this frustrate anyone?  Sorry I'm just venting :)

EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D for half price
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:11:05 PM »
I guess I'm confused.  Can you guys list or do you know the settings that CANNOT be accessed on a 64-bit system?  Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Is there a best time to buy new lenses...?
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:09:30 PM »
Prices have been climbing every year, there are usually two price increases each year applied to selected lenses.  The longer you wait, the higher the price.  There are usually sales around Christmas, and with the poor economy, Canon has extended their lens rebate thru the end of July.
Last year, Canon had some very good deals due to their poor 4th quarter sales performance and high inventory. They wanted to improve the sales figures for FY 2011.  When that happens, you can catch a good deal.


To note though, those sales are only in the US.

I picked up my 35L last year during the sale for $1100 USD  in the U.S., saving myself close to $700 off the Japan retail price.

I learned last night that not only is the 35L a fantastic landscape prime, but a great fireworks lens as well :)

Sorry, off topic.  I'd say you can never go wrong buying new lenses, anytime, especially L lenses.  They don't lose much value.  For instance, buying a 24-70L I new for 1699, using it a year, and selling it used for 1299, it only cost me $400 to use it for a year, or even two or three years.  Not bad.

Lenses / Re: Swap 16-35 f2.8 II for 24 f1.4 II on 5D3
« on: July 01, 2012, 01:14:01 AM »
Because the TS lens is more than the 24L and the 24L is sharp at f/1.4.  Why would I need a TS lens for indoor family shots and indoor family video?  That's why it's not a good value, for the OP.  For landscape and architecture, you better believe it's a good value.  Some part of value has to be based upon need.  The 24-70L II can be a good value, but I already own the 16-35L II, 24L, 35L, 50L, 50 1.4, 50 1.8.  I'm sure it's a great lens, but has no value to me.  Anyways, I recommend, highly, the 24 f/1.4L II to the OP.

EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D for half price
« on: July 01, 2012, 01:09:36 AM »
If you want a good camera for $1400, get a used 1Ds Mark II.  It's IQ is way better than the 7D.

Wow, the price has really dropped.  Its a very good deal at that price, you do have to have a 32bit  XP computer with a firewire card and cable for some of the settings.  That can be a pain if you have a 64 bit PC.

Oh really?  I didn't know all that.

EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D for half price
« on: June 30, 2012, 11:31:35 PM »
If you want a good camera for $1400, get a used 1Ds Mark II.  It's IQ is way better than the 7D.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 30, 2012, 07:31:08 PM »
I own the 100-400 for two years, mostly used for bird photography with 7D.  I have had both dust and moisture problems and finally died a couple of months ago.  Now it is back from canon repair after some $300 refurbishing. It is a very versatile lens and you can even do some great macro shots by adding a Hoya +4 macro lens in the front.  But... my prime 300mm f/4 IS L has better image quality and is sharper, so now it has become my preferred birding lens specially after adding a Keno 2X TC.

Here is a link to some tests:

I will probably not upgrade to the new 100-400.  I would be more interested in an improved version of the EF 300 f/4.

I was shooting hawks (not literally, I was photographing them) today with my 1D Mark IV and 100-400L lens.  It was fantastic.  What other lens would I have used?  I was able to zoom from 100 to 400mm whenever I needed to and on a 1.3x factor, even more.  Try zooming out on birds in the sky and as they "swoop" down, you need to bring the focal length in, which can be difficult of course, but not if you practice.  Overall I think the lens is pretty good.  I'm not sure if it would be easier to rotate vs. push/pull in my situation today or not.  Maybe.

EOS Bodies / Re: So, still no news of 1DX hitting stores in USA?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:36:31 AM »
I talked one of the shops with which I Pre-ordered (i'm in the US). They said they expect to receive their first  shipments the first week of July, and there's a CHANCE I can receive mine after the 4th. they of course can't make any promises. But this is what they've been told by Canon. I tend to believe them. They were among the first to receive the 5diii's. I got mine from them way back in march. So we'll see. All I can surmise from all the info out there, is its likely some those who Pre-ordered may be getting theirs in the next couple of weeks


After 4th of July? That sucks, the whole idea was to take photos at low light of fireworks :(((((

Yeah I was also told by my retailer that they expecting shipment first or second week of July... so hope to get it soon...

Am I the only one happy with my current gear?  I'm going to go take pictures of fireworks in low light just fine, yes, without the 1D X!  Can you believe it??

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:08:44 AM »
I guess after reading all of these threads and 1D X and 5D Mark III forums, it seems a lot of people are unhappy with their current gear, AND the new gear for sale.  If there is an absolute perfect camera, it will cost about $27k or more.

While I agree with your flash set up as is, I have never found when I liked photos from my 7D in flash situations or low-light situations.  The 5D Mark III is the camera you'll be wanting to use in those situations.  7D works great and is a lot of fun in situations where ISO is 100-200.  I was unhappy with cropping and higher ISO's. 

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